Help supply Bibles at a subsidised price to students who cannot afford the full cost and would otherwise be unable to enrol on TEEM's lay training course.
TEEM, an acronym for Theological Education by Extension Malawi, is jointly run by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) and the Anglican Communion in Malawi (ACM), and provides lay training programmes for churches throughout Malawi. It has offices in Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
Theological Education by Extension (TEE) is based on the assumption that every member of the Church is uniquely equipped with spiritual gifts and called to participate in the ministry of God’s Church. Accepting this premise, TEEM exists to assist churches throughout Malawi to train their members, so that they can fulfil the call that God places on every member of His Church.
The need to equip these Christians is undisputed, yet to train them away from home is not always a realistic option. In fact, TEEM holds that it is far more beneficial for students (and also for their church and community) if they can be trained in their 'home environment', where they live, work and minister. So TEEM brings the learning to the student, rather than the student to the learning.
TEEM’s students organise themselves around a trained facilitator and purchase self-study booklets produced by TEEM. The other requirement is that each student has their own Bible. TEEM sells these self-study booklets to its students at cost (250 kwacha per booklet, which is roughly £1 or €1.20). With the Certificate in Basic Theology involving 15 courses, students have a significant number of self-study guides to buy and this is a considerable outlay, as the majority are on very low incomes.
The problem is that no one can enrol on any of TEEM’s Lay Training courses unless they have a Bible of their own. But very few Malawians have a complete Bible. While some may have portions of Scripture, such as the New Testament, rarely do they have a complete Bible.
The solution to this problem is to provide a SUBSIDY that will make up the difference between the amount students pay for a Bible and price the Bible Society charge for it.
This project is about raising the funds to make this possible!
At current prices, a subsidy of 1,600 kwacha is required per Bible, which is roughly equivalent to £3.75 or €4.70. So, for example, a donation of £3.75/€4.70 will buy one Bible, a donation of £18.75/€23.50 will buy five Bibles, and a donation of £37.50/€47.00 will buy ten Bibles, etc.
Donations of any size, large or small, will be gratefully received by TEEM on behalf of its students − support that's needed by many of them in order that they may enrol on one of TEEM's courses.
Please note that donations received for this project will be used in their entirety to subsidise the sale of Bibles to TEEM's Certificate students. No part any donation will be used for any other purposes.
To find out how you can support this project, contact the Global Mission Office by email or telephone +44 (0)28 9032 2284, quoting the Project Reference: P-1203-02.
All donations (large or small) to this project, will be greatly appreciated.
Individuals, groups or congregations wishing to support this project, should make their donations through the Mission Department, Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 2-10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast, BT1 6DW.
- Cheques should be made payable to 'The Presbyterian Church in Ireland'.
- Each donation should be accompanied by a covering letter clearly stating the name of the individual, congregation or group making the donation, along with the name of a contact person, postal address and day-time telephone number.
Please note that congregations wishing to support any of our Special Projects are honour bound to first meet their United Appeal target for the year in question.